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Nebraska Volleyball Chosen As Big Ten Conference Preseason Favorite

The defending National Champions are picked to lead the toughest conference in America

VolleyballBob David McGee

The Big Ten Conference unanimously picked the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win the Volleyball Championship by a poll of the league’s 14 head coaches Tuesday.

Nebraska, who did not win the B1G title last year, claimed the National Championship in Omaha by defeating Texas. Minnesota, who won the Big Ten last season, was picked to finish 2nd.

Following up with the All Conference team, the Huskers placed three Seniors on the list. Middle Blocker Amber Rolfzen, Outside Hitter Kadie Rolfzen, and Libero Justine Wong-Orantes all were voted on. Kadie was the only one of the three to be voted on unanimously.

The full order of the preseason voting:

2016 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

1. NEBRASKA

2. Minnesota

3. Wisconsin

4. Penn State

5. Illinois

6. Ohio State

7. Michigan State

8. Michigan

9. Purdue

10. Northwestern

11. Maryland

12. Iowa

13. Indiana

14. Rutgers

2016 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Name School Yr. Position Hometown

Jordyn Poulter Illinois So. Setter Aurora, Colo.

ABBY COLE Michigan Sr. Middle Blocker Grand Haven, Mich.

Chloe Reinig Michigan State Sr. Outside Hitter South Lyon, Mich.

Hannah Tapp Minnesota Sr. Opposite Hitter/Middle Blocker Stewartville, Minn.

Paige Tapp Minnesota Sr. Middle Blocker Stewartville, Minn.

Samantha Seliger-Swenson Minnesota So. Setter Minnetonka, Minn.

Amber Rolfzen Nebraska Sr. Middle Blocker Papillion, Neb.

KADIE ROLFZEN Nebraska Sr. Outside Hitter Papillion, Neb.

Justine Wong-Orantes Nebraska Sr. Libero Cypress, Calif.

Taylor Sandbothe Ohio State Sr. Middle Blocker Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Ali Frantti Penn State Jr. Outside Hitter Spring Grove, Ill.

HALEIGH WASHINGTON Penn State Jr. Middle Blocker Colorado Springs, Colo.

LAUREN CARLINI Wisconsin Sr. Setter Aurora, Ill.

Haleigh Nelson Wisconsin Sr. Middle Blocker Cary, N.C.

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS